November 28th, 2008
06:01 PM ET
2 months ago

Obama sends condolences to terror victims

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama issued the following statement Friday evening regarding news American citizens are among those who have lost their lives during the attacks in India:

"Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the American citizens who lost their lives in the outrageous terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, and with all who have been touched by this terrible tragedy," Obama said in the statement.

"These terrorists who targeted innocent civilians will not defeat India's great democracy, nor shake the will of a global coalition to defeat them. The United States must stand with India and all nations and people who are committed to destroying terrorist networks, and defeating their hate-filled ideology," he also said.

"There is one president at a time. I will continue to closely monitor the situation on the ground in Mumbai, and am grateful for the cooperation of the Bush Administration in keeping me and my staff updated. We fully support the Bush Administration's efforts to protect American citizens and assist the government of India during this tragic time."


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  1. Mike

    And these are the types of people that Obama wants to sit down and reason with.

    My condolences to all the victims and their families.

    November 28, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Mike

    To Shelly, IN November 28th 7:32pm

    You exemplify the problem with a lot of liberals and democrats. You keep waiting for the government to take care of you " In other words, the money will trickle down. Well, I'm still waiting and it's not happening" When the economy is working, the money trickles down in the form of Jobs, not government handouts. Stop waiting for someone to take care of you and start taking care of yourself.

    November 28, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  3. FL for Obama

    Jim, you "demand" results? Well, since you voted for McCain/Palin, you got your results. Obama is not the President yet, so if you want results, why don't you call Washington and ask Bush to do SOMETHING while he's still in office. DEMAND that he take care of the terrorists...you are a simpleton...and a disgrace from Florida.

    November 28, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  4. JAN

    All of you asking for Obama's change on this board have either not been following the events of this week or are stubbornly refusing to acknowledge the fact that a reporter (Ed Henry) asked Obama a question about where the change was and the PE Obama responded that as the executor change comes from him.

    Economic advisors from Clinton error would be on anybody's shortlist unless, one did not live through the economic boom btn 1992-2000. Then, the surplus USA had when Clinton handed reigns of Power to the Bush Adm.

    OMG! the deficit Obama is inheriting will be in tens of trillions!!!

    November 28, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  5. Lost in Texas

    It is really obvious to me that no matter WHAT Obama says the right wing Obama haters will find something negative about it. He could say "good morning" and they would find something wrong with that. Must be sad to be so bitter and hateful that all you can do is sit by a keyboard and whine and type all the negativity that some do. You don't have to like the man nor support him nor respect him, as an American you have that right. But I also hope that your bitterness and hate doesn't consume you because you're going to have from 4 to 8 years to keep doing it.

    November 28, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. JAN

    Jim in Fllorida...what are the demands you ever put forward to President Bush in the past 8 years? BTW...if none, then you think that you can now flex your muscles at PE Obama? FYI...not this time and shame on you b/c you should have a long list for the past 8 years!

    November 28, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  7. rm

    @Jim in Florida:

    You demand results from Obama? Too bad you didn't demand the same of Bush.

    November 28, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  8. Jimmy Munoz

    "It is really obvious to me that no matter WHAT Obama says the right wing Obama haters will find something negative about it. He could say "good morning" and they would find something wrong with that. Must be sad to be so bitter and hateful that all you can do is sit by a keyboard and whine and type all the negativity that some do. You don't have to like the man nor support him nor respect him, as an American you have that right. But I also hope that your bitterness and hate doesn't consume you because you're going to have from 4 to 8 years to keep doing it."

    Lost In Texas – Take out the words Obama and switch with Bush and then you have the same situation from the last 8 years. Doubtful that most Obama supporters would see it that way... this is why we're headed in the wrong direction. It's not our leaders... the blame rests on Americans inability to support anyone if they dont' share their same views.

    Politics suck.

    November 28, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  9. Mike

    To: Lost in Texas
    Have you read these posts...you are accusing the republicans of doing the exact same thing that the liberals have been doing to Bush for years.

    Why is it ok to treat Bush with such disrespect, but not ok to criticize Obama....... without being labeled a racist, closed minded, or hateful?

    For the people blaming Bush for everything....He has made some mistakes, but keep in mind that the Democrats have had control of the congress for the last two years. During which time, Gas went $4.00 a gallon, foreclosures skyrocketed, and the unemployment numbers went up.

    November 28, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  10. myron

    i continue to be astounded by the reactions to global terrorism. Has anyone ever thought why these people would think that mayhem or strapping a vest with
    C-4 and blowing themselves up is their best option? Clearly they have the ability to think and analyze and plan. But in their mind they are fighting Western Imperialism. They see their countries exploited by western multinationals with impunity. They see civilians killed with impunity, women and children. They see their governments who should protect them in league with these entities exploiting them and they look for meaning and purpose to hold onto. Often they look to religion and extreme religion to give order,direction , and purpose. They are disaffected, disillusioned, and angry at the injustice as they see it from their perspective and the incongruity because their perceived tormentors propagandize a doctrine of human rights, equality, justice, fairness and equity. If their ever is to be any real lasting inroads made against terrorism we cant simply kill them all which seems to be the mentality of Western thought. We have to look at these people as human beings worthy of dignity and respect and not be hypocritical for the sake of exploiting them and the resources they control. They need hope and change and food and jobs and education and some degree of certainty that bombs or drones will not destroy them. It is from this point of view and the resulting despair that terrorism is born and continues to grow worldwide.

    November 28, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  11. Marie

    Griff what are you on acid?....Haven't you learned anything from the past eight years.You may be a republican but i doudt if your living as well as Bush,Cheny,Rumsfeld or h*ll the white house caretaker for that matter.Do you honestly think when you hear what his approval rating is that the american people are STUPID and would place another republican to the helm of this country.Have you lost your job yet because if not you very well may be soon and then you can go to Texas and see if Bush will offer you one since your so gun ho having him re-elected for a third term.Everyday you post these hateful comments about Obama and guess what I'm loving it because I think Obama's nomination is eating the h*ll out of you because you know he is for change and you can see it progressing everyday with smart people no matter if they are former Clinton members ,old or new Washington politians they are smart and the best.So keep it up and soon your comments will become more and more ignorant that you'll become confused by your own words then you'll just stop posting because then realistically you'll have no choice but to eat your own words.Good night and have a good life

    November 28, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
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